My name is Kalen and my story is simple.

My wife and I had $24,000 of debt and we wanted out, so I became a student of finances.
We are now debt-free and building wealth. I want to share what I’ve learned with you.
To improve your finances, you must first improve your habits.
I’ll show you how to improve both.
It’s all related.

 

I'll show you how to control your finances, create positive habits and get the life you want, through research-backed articles. I keep it short, sweet and simple.

A Little More About Me

I’m on active duty in the United States Air Force. I’m happily married to my wonderful wife of 10 years. We have 4 amazing children. I am passionate about helping people and serving others through this blog. I’m currently pursing my Bachelor’s in Economics, just for the fun of it. If you’re interested in learning how I make money though this blog, check out this guide that explains everything. Also be sure to read how I don’t make money with this blog, because I think that’s equally important.


Scroll down to see where my writing has been featured. Connect with me on social media, and grab your four free books while you’re here. If you want to know more about the ideas that form MoneyMiniBlog, look at the 20 Foundational Principles below. If you’re a nerd book-lover like I am, you can see what I’ve recently read and my entire Goodreads author profile below.


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Financial Freedom on A Full Schedule
This is a comprehensive mini book written by Kalen Bruce, the founder of MoneyMiniBlog.  It goes into the foundations of your finances, and how to increase your financial IQ, while being “busy”, because everyone is busy.
The Complete Guide to Your Most Productive Morning Ever
This is a detailed guide, also written by Kalen Bruce.  It will give you a blueprint of how to create your own most productive morning.  It covers how to wake up earlier, some of the best practices for success in the mornings, and what to add to your morning ritual to live your most productive life.
Think and Grow Rich
This is a classic, written by Napoleon Hill.  He goes into the complete mindset you need to become as rich as you want to be.  This isn’t the typical “get rich quick” book, it’s more about the actual ideas and mindset you need to become rich over the course of your life.
The Science of Getting Rich
Another classic, written by Wallace Wattles.  This is a quick read, but the content is extremely valuable.  This is another must-read for anyone who wants a high financial IQ.
The Weekly Articles
You’ll get every article delivered as a weekly summary. You can pick and choose the article you want to read.
The Weekly Treasure
The weekly treasure could be a free book, an actionable tip, a new idea, or something completely different. The bottom line is that you won’t find it somewhere else on the website, and it will be extremely valuable.
The Weekly Recommended Book
Each week you’ll get a recommended book straight from Kalen’s library. We guarantee that Kalen will have read every book he recommends, and these will be serious suggestions that should be part of your home library. Think about it, one book recommendation a week, that’s 52 books a year. You could build a library based on these book recommendations alone. Every book will be so much more valuable than the pennies they cost.

The 20 Foundational Principles of MoneyMiniBlog

(Click on the principles to learn more about each one)

1. Giving is the foundation of your financial health

How’s your giving? It’s in giving that you receive, but you should give to give, not to receive.

2. Plan for the worst

Emergencies will always happen. Even more so when you aren’t prepared. An emergency fund (not a credit card) is foundational for surviving hard times.

3. Spend less than you make

Always be striving to earn and achieve more, but for now, you must spend less than you make so you have money for what really matters. Delay your gratification and keep your discipline. Wait until you can actually afford what you’re buying.

4. Set Goals

Set goals in every area of your life. Without goals, you have nothing to achieve. You should always know where you’re going in life.

5. Do what works for you

One size doesn’t fit all. If you find a way to budget, invest or save, and it works for you, do it. Apply advice to your life. Don’t mold your life to advice.

6. Get the lowest price

There are things that you can’t change the price of, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try. The worst thing that can happen is that they say “no”. It’s as simple as always asking for a lower price. It can only help and it never hurts.

7. Know your limits

Know your level of discipline/responsibility and live your life accordingly. If you aren’t responsible with credit cards, don’t use them. If you are undisciplined, automate your budget and your investing.

8. If you’re going to spend, you might as well earn

If credit cards aren’t for you (see principle #7), then you can ignore this principle. But if you are able to use credit cards responsibly, search for the most rewarding programs and earn when you spend through cashback or other rewards.

9. Money is More Mental than physical

Money is about your mindset. Your mentality is more important than your ability, but your ability will grow with your mentality. Money doesn’t solve money problems, mindset does.

10. Don’t be average, be successful

Most people are average. That’s why it’s called average. On average, most people aren’t successful. You are better than average. Hold yourself to a higher standard. Did I say average enough?

11. Take action

Nothing happens unless you take action. Reading and learning is necessary, but if it doesn’t lead to action, it’s meaningless.

12. Work to learn, not to earn

The skills you get are more important than the pay you receive. Focus on working in ways that will get you closer to your ultimate goal.

13. Learn from everything

Everything you experience teaches a lesson. Learn from your successes and mistakes, as well as other people’s successes and mistakes.

14. Money isn’t everything

Don’t focus your life around money. Money is just a tool to freely enjoy the things that really matter in life. Respect it, but don’t worship it.

15. Don’t Wait to Be Happy

Don’t wait for your debt to be paid off. Don’t wait for your dream job. You can be happy through the whole process. Stop saying “if I could just [fill in the blank] I would be happy”. You can be happy. Right now.

16. Make Small gains

In every area of your life, make small progress, consistently, for a long time. This is a proven way to achieve any goal you have. Small investments, made monthly, equates to huge wealth down the road.

17. Pay yourself first

This is the most basic law of investing. Your investments and savings should be paid before your bills. You will always find a way to pay your bills. You will never find a way to invest or save, unless you do it first.

18. Invest diligently and patiently

Don’t try to get rich quick. Investing involves diligence and patience. Anything else is simply trading, speculating or gambling.

19. Only invest in what you understand

Even the great investor, Warren Buffett, doesn’t invest in companies he doesn’t understand. From stocks and mutual funds to ideas and start-up companies, know what you’re investing in.

20. Know why you’re investing

When you buy an investment, you should know why you bought it. If you can’t explain why you bought it to a child, you don’t really know why you bought it.

Some of My Favorite Books

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
The Motley Fool Investment Workbook
Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time
Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results
The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
Seal of God
Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens
eBooks the Smart Way: A Complete Guide to Publishing, Marketing and Automating a Killer eBook
God's Power to Change Your Life
God's Answers to Life's Difficult Questions
Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together
The Discovery
31 Days to Build A Better Blog
His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage
No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline
Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
Little Red Book of Selling: 12.5 Principles of Sales Greatness: How to Make Sales Forever


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